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Risk matrix highlights copper challenges

University of Queensland geologist professor Rick Valenta has published a risk matrix that identifies the key challenges facing the development of copper orebodies around the world, the result of a study looking at 308 of the world’s largest undeveloped copper orebodies.

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Dr Éleonore Lèbre (left) and professor Rick Valenta

The analysis, published in the Journal of Cleaner Production 220 (2019), found 75% of deposits faced environmental, social or governance challenges that could impede their development.